Can the C.I.A. Really Be That Bad?

The Senate Intelligence Committee has had its say on the debacles leading up to the Iraq war, and America’s intelligence agencies have come in for the lion’s share of the blame. Some of the committee’s findings were useful and constructive. But over all, the report’s scathing indictment of American intelligence is seriously unfair. Leave aside the broader political issue, that of whether the report was designed in part to find a convenient scapegoat for the failings of political leaders. Simply on the technical merits of the case, the intelligence community’s performance, while far from superb, was hardly as bad as the senators assert.

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